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Thursday, February 16, 2006

More evidence that the "war on terror" should always be mentioned in "quotes"

From AP:
The Bush administration today rebuffed criticism about potential security risks of a $6.8 billion sale that gives a company in the United Arab Emirates control over significant operations at six major American ports.
If the official 9/11 story is to be believed (it isn't), one of the 19 hijackers came from the UAE. The UAE was one of only three countries to recognize the Taliban as Afghanistan's legitimate government, and was (again, according to the official story) an operational and financial base for the 9/11 hijackers. So why would the Treasury Department approve a UAE-based company take over security operations in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia?

Only two reasons that I can think of:
  1. The "war on terror" is completely bogus, and the Bushies know it, but they've got friends in the UAE who will kick back a lot of the money they make from this deal; or
  2. The lack of recent terror attacks is making the "war on terror" appear bogus, making it (ever so slightly) more difficult for the Bushies to do whatever they want. Letting the fox guard the henhouse may deliver them the mandate for total fascism that they clearly crave.
Opposition to the sale comes from both sides of the aisle, including Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL).